October 10, 2004

Blogging at SHU

After maintaining my weblog here at SHU for over a month, I feel I have come a long way from my first blogging experiences. Here, I want to reflect a bit on how I thought then, and how I think now.

When I was first introduced to the Seton Hill University weblogs by Dr. Jerz in his Writing for the Internet course, I was pretty skeptical and almost certain that I would quickly lose interest in blogging.

I came from a background of posting on online forums, a completely different environment from that of a weblog, especially a weblog that is readily accessible to people whom I can speak to and see in living color any day of the week.

I'll admit that I hated blogging at first, because it creates a lot of personal responsibility that I did not encounter in online forums. A weblog's success depends upon constant input from the author, input that is interesting and will stimulate some true intelligent thought. On forums, everybody posts about everything, and no one really feels any connection to their posts because they tend to get derailed (they go off-topic) pretty quickly.

On a weblog, that simply isn't so. Weblogs are a lot more focused, and the discussions tend to stay on-topic almost indefinitely (probably in part because they are "academic" at SHU). When I post an entry, it is always something that I have real interest in, and often I am depending upon the input of my readers to help me come to decisions or to refine my own ideas.

In short, weblogs (or at least, most of them that I have read) are personal, educational, entertaining, and social all at once. They're more than forums, but less than corporate websites; they're the lifeblood of most of the online activity here at SHU, as well (even the Setonian Online is a weblog).

Perhaps the most important aspect of the common weblog here at SHU is that it reflects the person who authors it. Each of them offers a fresh perspective, and thanks to Dr. Jerz urging (or, perhaps more appropriately, "forcing") my classmates and I to interact through our blogs, each of us is coming to a better understanding of the others and all of the topics being discussed.

That is what I love about blogging here at SHU; reading and learning how people react to other people, unobstructed by most obstacles such as (in my case) anxiety, fear, modesty, and any social taboo.

Altogether, I have enjoyed my time as a part of the SHU blogging community thus far, and I look forward to many more similar and enjoyable experiences in the future.

Posted by ChrisU at October 10, 2004 02:10 AM

You seem to have taken to blogging fairly quickly and easily, and now you sound like you're having fun with it too. Just wait till you really start getting into it. Honestly, absolutely everything will become a blog post.

Posted by: Neha at October 10, 2004 08:12 PM
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